2008 World’s Best Hotel Values

2008 World’s Best Hotel Values

Where are the top hotel values around the globe?T+L has the answers.

Every year in our World’s Best Awards survey, we ask T+L readers to review their recent travels in terms of value. Here, you’ll find the winners, grouped by region and price range—whether an affordable European city hotel for under $200 or an African safari camp that will run you more than $2,000—so you can decide when to save or splurge.

Top 20 Hotels for Value Overall

  1. Peninsula Bangkok 89.34 ($280*)
  2. Il Falconiere, Cortona, Italy 89.06 ($386)
  3. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India 88.97 ($745)
  4. Strand Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar 88.89 ($450)
  5. Sweetwaters Tented Camp, Sweetwaters Game Reserve, Kenya 88.75 ($335)
  6. Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Masai Mara, Kenya 88.46 ($560)
  7. Four Seasons Hotel, Bangkok 88.39 ($338)
  8. Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore 88.24 ($545)
  9. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza 88.00 ($340)
  10. Milestone Hotel, London 87.50 ($523)
  11. Tortilis Camp, Amboseli National Park, Kenya 87.50 ($880)
  12. Fullerton Hotel, Singapore 87.50 ($558)
  13. The Oriental, Bangkok 87.40 ($390)
  14. Singita Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park, South Africa 87.21 ($2,600)
  15. Woodlands Resort & Inn, Summerville, South Carolina 86.96 ($325)
  16. The Conrad, Bangkok 86.91 ($205)
  17. Jao Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana 86.84 ($2,670)
  18. Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul 86.84 ($400)
  19. Four Seasons Hotel, Buenos Aires 86.79 ($450)
  20. Kichwa Tembo, Masai Mara, Kenya 86.67 ($855)

Continental U.S. and Canada

Under $250

  1. Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge, Gold Beach, Oregon 84.21 ($233)
  2. Inn at Montchanin Village, Delaware 84.00 ($179)
  3. Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City 82.96 ($199)
  4. Madrona Manor, Healdsburg, California 81.82 ($240)
  5. Monmouth Plantation, Natchez, Mississippi 80.95 ($195)

$250 to $400

  1. Woodlands Resort & Inn, Summerville, South Carolina 86.96 ($325)
  2. Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise, Alberta 81.45 ($315)
  3. Fearrington House Country Inn, Pittsboro, North Carolina 80.44 ($250)
  4. Planters Inn, Charleston, South Carolina 80.26 ($295)
  5. Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia 80.21 ($301)

Over $400

  1. Four Seasons Resort Whistler, British Columbia 82.69 ($435)
  2. Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa, Jackson Hole, Wyoming 79.84 ($405)
  3. Blantyre, Lenox, Massachusetts 79.35 ($550)
  4. Sooke Harbour House, Vancouver Island, British Columbia 79.17 ($495)
  5. Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, Vancouver Island 78.47 ($480)

Hawaii

Under $400

  1. Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele 79.52 ($345)
  2. Kahala Hotel & Resort, Oahu 74.14 ($395)
  3. Maui Prince Hotel 73.81 ($255)

Over $400

  1. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii 80.05 ($775)
  2. Hotel Hana-Maui & Honua Spa, Maui 79.63 ($495)
  3. Halekulani, Oahu 78.13 ($445)

Europe

Under $250

  1. Hôtel d’Europe, Avignon, France 82.56 ($249)
  2. Domaine des Hauts de Loire, Onzain, France 79.17 ($191)
  3. Hotel Eisenhut, Rothenburg, Germany 75.00 ($229)
  4. InterContinental Budapest 74.51 ($162)
  5. Grand Hotel Minerva, Florence, Italy 74.27 ($218)

$250 to $400

  1. Il Falconiere, Cortona, Italy 89.06 ($386)
  2. Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul 86.84 ($400)
  3. La Bastide de Moustiers, Provence, France 81.82 ($279)
  4. Le Méridien Bristol, Warsaw 80.00 ($292)
  5. G Hotel, Galway, Ireland 77.63 ($294)

Over $400

  1. Milestone Hotel, London 87.50 ($523)
  2. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet 85.00 ($456)
  3. Four Seasons Gresham Palace, Budapest 83.51 ($500)
  4. 41, London 82.96 ($405)
  5. Four Seasons Hotel, Prague 82.42 ($499)

Asia

Under $250

  1. The Conrad, Bangkok 86.91 ($205)
  2. Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Bangkok 85.97 ($231)
  3. Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok 84.59 ($240)
  4. Grand Hyatt Erawan, Bangkok 83.33 ($229)
  5. JW Marriott Hotel, Bangkok 81.25 ($210)

$250 to $400

  1. Peninsula Bangkok 89.34 ($280)
  2. Four Seasons Hotel, Bangkok 88.39 ($338)
  3. The Oriental, Bangkok 87.40 ($390)
  4. Sofitel Metropole, Hanoi 82.90 ($259)
  5. Peninsula Manila 80.56 ($250)

Over $400

  1. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India 88.97 ($745)
  2. Strand Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar 88.89 ($450)
  3. Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore 88.24 ($545)
  4. Fullerton Hotel, Singapore 87.50 ($558)
  5. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India 84.90 ($751)

Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas

Under $400

  1. Rockhouse Hotel, Jamaica 86.67 ($150)
  2. Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 86.25 ($170)
  3. Playa Linda Beach Resort, Aruba 83.33 ($295)

Over $400

  1. Couples Sans Souci, Jamaica 86.25 ($746)
  2. Jumby Bay, Jumby Bay Island, Antigua 85.35 ($1,250)
  3. Jamaica Inn, Jamaica 84.78 ($550)

Mexico and Central South America

Under $250

  1. Hotel Grano de Oro, San José, Costa Rica 82.21 ($105)
  2. Hotel Museo Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua, Guatemala 81.73 ($190)
  3. Grand Hyatt São Paulo 78.95 ($225)
  4. Porta Hotel Antigua, Guatemala 77.78 ($165)
  5. Claridge Hotel, Buenos Aires 77.50 ($152)

$250 to $400

  1. Park Hyatt Mendoza, Argentina 84.29 ($265)
  2. Turtle Inn, Placencia, Belize 83.04 ($370)
  3. Four Seasons Resort Carmelo, Uruguay 82.14 ($310)
  4. Las Mañanitas, Cuernavaca, Mexico 81.82 ($306)
  5. Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica 81.25 ($295)

Over $400

  1. Four Seasons Hotel, Buenos Aires 86.79 ($450)
  2. Ritz-Carlton Santiago, Chile 82.61 ($419)
  3. La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo, Mexico 79.79 ($465)
  4. Sofitel Buenos Aires 79.69 ($430)
  5. Marquis Los Cabos, Mexico 79.46 ($470)

Africa and the Middle East

Under $400

  1. Sweetwaters Tented Camp, Sweetwaters Game Reserve, Kenya 88.75 ($335)
  2. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza 88.00 ($340)
  3. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence 86.49 ($340)
  4. Four Seasons Hotel Amman 81.58 ($368)
  5. Fairmont The Norfolk, Nairobi, Kenya 80.65 ($280)

Over $400

  1. Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Masai Mara, Kenya 88.46 ($560)
  2. Tortilis Camp, Amboseli National Park, Kenya 87.50 ($880)
  3. Singita Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park, South Africa 87.21 ($2,600)
  4. Jao Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana 86.84 ($2,670)
  5. Kichwa Tembo, Masai Mara, Kenya 86.67 ($855)

Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific

Under $400

  1. Four Seasons Hotel Sydney 78.42 ($370)
  2. Observatory Hotel, Sydney 78.13 ($325)
  3. InterContinental Sydney 75.45 ($332)
  4. Millbrook, Queenstown, New Zealand 74.19 ($304)
  5. Park Hyatt Melbourne 73.00 ($311)

Over $400

  1. Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand 81.25 ($1,833)
  2. Treetops Lodge and Wilderness Experience, Rotorua, New Zealand 76.32 ($647)
  3. Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa 72.92 ($691)
  4. Hotel Bora Bora 72.83 ($742)
  5. The Westin Sydney 71.64 ($551)

*Throughout, hotel prices are for a standard double room, high season (resorts) or rack rate (city hotels).

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